Compare and Contrast political and religious life in Western Europe and the Byzantine Empire.

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Reforms by Diocletian led to the division of the Great Roman Empire into the Eastern and Western Empires each with its own leadership. The Western Empire was mostly undeveloped, sparsely populated and tribal. The Eastern Empire was urban, economically advanced and highly populated. In both Empires, political control was established...

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Reforms by Diocletian led to the division of the Great Roman Empire into the Eastern and Western Empires each with its own leadership. The Western Empire was mostly undeveloped, sparsely populated and tribal. The Eastern Empire was urban, economically advanced and highly populated. In both Empires, political control was established and organized along smaller units/provinces.

Constantine succeeded Diocletian. He introduced far-reaching reforms and turned both the East and West into Christian Empires. However, the East became mostly Orthodox, while the West became largely Catholic. Eventually, the West banned all other religions in their territory. Christianity dominated the East, but the Empire was more considerate of other faiths.

Constantine shifted the political and administrative base from The West (Rome) to East (Constantinople or modern day Istanbul). This made the East politically vibrant compared to the West. The West and the East shared a similar political structure. However, much activity was realized in the Eastern Empire.

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